20 Useful Facts To Know About Pregnancy And After Birth
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Today we offer a list of 20 things that every woman should know before she goes into the delivery room!
1. The "due date" is often wrong.
Every future mother wants to know the exact date when her baby will be born. However, only 5% of women actually give birth on the predicted due date. So don't be nervous if your baby doesn't arrive on schedule!
2. Epidural anesthesia does not completely eliminate pain.
It is just a method of pain management that suppresses pain in the lower part of the body. Some women feel uneven numbness in their legs, while others continue to feel sensations in their feet and lower legs. Still, others only lose feeling in the abdominal area.
If you continue to feel severe pain after the injection, be sure to tell your doctor about this. However, don't completely depend on epidural anesthesia.
3. Do not eat or drink immediately after epidural anesthesia.
When anesthetics are administered during the labor and birth process, the stomach temporarily stops working. So it's better to get the digestive process going again gradually. Therefore, have a meal before going to the delivery room. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to eat before having epidural anesthesia, but the food should be easily digestible.
4. Bowel movement during labor
This can happen to any woman, but to most, it's still awkward and embarrassing. Don't worry if this happens to you.
5. After the birth of the baby, contractions continue.
For a few minutes after the birth of the baby, the body is in the process of ridding itself of the placenta. So don't be concerned if the contractions continue. This, fortunately, happens quickly and without any pain.
6. Your crotch may look terrible.
After delivery, you may discover a swollen and sewn-up nightmare between your legs. There are many things that can help to get everything back to normal. For now, though, it's better to not look at it! For your own sake!
7. You will have postnatal bleeding.
Regardless of which method you chose to give birth, you will have postnatal bleeding. These secretions from the uterus are called lochia. Until they end, you will have to use large pads, since tampons can cause an infection in the still-healing uterus.
8. You may have to wear diapers.
The lochia usually stops 4-6 weeks (maximum 8 weeks) after the baby is born, but sometimes the bleeding continues for up to six months. Therefore, some women who have recently given birth wear special underwear and adult diapers. And why not, if it makes you comfortable?!
9. You will get a massage. But you won't like it one bit!
Before sending you home, the doctor must be absolutely sure that the bleeding has stopped. So before you are discharged, a nurse will give you a rigorous abdominal massage at regular intervals to ensure that your uterus is shrinking and returning to its normal size. And it will hurt!
10. Something is strange with your baby's belly button.
Immediately after the baby is born, the umbilical cord is tied and for several days or even weeks, the remains will be on the infant until they disappear. And it doesn't look cute at all!
11. The newborn baby may be a slimy little mess.
Almost all babies born under 40 weeks are covered with a special substance, which is known as vernix caseosa. It protects the baby's skin while it is in the uterus.
12. The baby may be quite hairy.
Some babies (usually premature babies) are born with long, dark hair on their ears, arms, shoulders, and even on their back. Don't be alarmed: It will soon fall out.
13. The shape of the baby's head will change, but not right away.
If the birth occurs naturally, the bones in the head will be misshapen. This happens when the baby passes through the birth canal. The baby's skull will not immediately return to its round shape, remaining conical for several days. The use of a vacuum or forceps exaggerates this effect.
14. You still have excess weight.
After the birth of your child, you will most likely need new clothes (or you will have to wear the clothes you wore during your second trimester). It is unlikely that you'll be able to immediately hand your baby off to a nanny and go to the gym every day to work out with a personal trainer. And even brown rice won't help!
15. You may feel hot.
You will sweat a lot; you can thank your hormones for that. For quite some time after giving birth, you'll have hot flashes, and this is completely normal. Postnatal sweating continues for two to six weeks after giving birth, and even longer for nursing mothers. This will disappear when your hormone levels return to normal.
16. Your hair may fall out.
After giving birth, you may start to lose your hair - the hair that was so nice when you were pregnant. This is one of the side effects of the hormones that help you to give birth safely.
17. You'll find out what a huge, firm breast is.
Try skipping feeding your baby, and you'll immediately know how women feel who have huge, firm breasts. It may sound awesome, but it's not very pleasant!
18. You may have problems breastfeeding.
If you decide to breastfeed your baby, get ready for continuous problems. It's great if you do not have problems with your milk.
19. You will cry. A LOT!
Very few women find it easy to deal with "crazy hormones" after the birth of a child. Most of us cannot even begin to manage the entire range of emotions ranging from complete apathy to the strongest postpartum depression. So it's good to warn your family right away that you're going to be crying a lot.
The most difficult part of this is the inability to understand why everything is so bad until you're actually out of this stage. It's good to talk to people who really know you well. If they tell you that you're depressed, seek a doctor's help immediately. It doesn't help anyone if you're feeling unhappy!
20. You may hate your husband.
Your hormones are to blame for this (and probably other things). Of course, this is not always the case, but some nights you may look at the peaceful sleeping face of your husband and wonder how he can sleep so comfortably while you, once again, are trying to calm the crying baby. Believe us, you're not alone in your justifiable anger!
We hope that we haven't frightened you too much! Fortunately, not all of the above-mentioned things happen to every mother. You can easily manage all of these problems, and you may not even have some of them.
You might have an easy and perfect birth! We hope that you do!
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